When Human Voices Cannot Sing

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1 When human voices cannot sing
and human hearts are breaking,
we bring our grief to you, O God,
who knows our inner aching.

2 Set free our spirits from all fear —
the cloud of dark unknowing,
and let the light, the Christ-light show
the pathway of our going.

3 Make real for us your holding love,
the love which is your meaning,
the power to move the stone of death,
the hope of Easter morning.

4 And let the one we love now go
where we, in faith, shall follow,
to travel in the Spirit's peace,
to make an end to sorrow.

Source: Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #355a

Author: Shirley Erena Murray

Shirley Erena Murray (b. Invercargill, New Zealand, 1931) studied music as an undergraduate but received a master’s degree (with honors) in classics and French from Otago University. Her upbringing was Methodist, but she became a Presbyterian when she married the Reverend John Stewart Murray, who was a moderator of the Presbyterian Church of New Zealand. Shirley began her career as a teacher of languages, but she became more active in Amnesty International, and for eight years she served the Labor Party Research Unit of Parliament. Her involvement in these organizations has enriched her writing of hymns, which address human rights, women’s concerns, justice, peace, the integrity of creation, and the unity of the church. Many of her hymn… Go to person page >

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First Line: When human voices cannot sing
Title: When Human Voices Cannot Sing
Author: Shirley Erena Murray
Language: English
Copyright: Words from "Every Corner Sing" by permission Hope Publishing Co., USA
Article: "When Human Voices Cannot Sing": a hymn for a funeral liturgy by Bernadette Grasslein and Gordon Johnson (from "The Hymn")



Instances (1 - 4 of 4)

Alleluia Aotearoa #151


Ancient and Modern #355a


Ancient and Modern #355b


Together in Song #682

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